Graduate International Admissions

Thank you for considering Hardin-Simmons University as a home for your graduate studies. We have a number of wonderful graduate and doctoral programs for you to choose from. Some of our graduate programs be taken completely online, while others are available on campus or as hybrid programs. Please follow this step-by-step graduate international admissions process as you apply to HSU. As always, if you have any questions we are here to help!

To apply for graduate international admissions at HSU, please follow these steps:

Start your international graduate admission application to HSU today! There is a $50 application fee that can be paid through your profile any time prior to being admitted. Create a profile and submit the online application. TO APPLY NOW, CLICK HERE.

HSU does not have an international admissions application deadline. International students can apply all year long to enter HSU, but we recommend you to complete your application before the priority date for you to be considered for priority graduate admissions:

Application Priority Dates:

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1

Need assistance applying? Please see the following video tutorials:

The international admissions process at HSU is simple. We need the following items to consider you for admission at HSU as an international graduate student:

  1. Submit transcripts from your undergraduate university. If undergraduate course work completed at a university outside the U.S., you will need to submit a WES transcript evaluation to HSU. Please follow the Step-By-Step guide for all WES Evaluations.*HSU does not require a WES transcript evaluation for individuals who received an undergraduate degree from a university inside the U.S.
  2. Pay Graduate Application Fee. A non-refundable $50.00 USD application fee is due for all graduate international admission applications. This fee can be paid through your application profile anytime prior to being admitted.
  3. Submit either TOEFL, IELTS, or a Duolingo english proficiency test score. Minimum english proficiency requirements for graduate admission to HSU are:
Test Score Test Centers Test Dates
TOEFL 79* View test centers and dates
IELTS 6.5* View test centers View dates and register
Duolingo 95* Online Upon request

* HSU does not require a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score for individuals who have attended a university inside the U.S.

4. Supplemental documents will be required for various graduate programs.

In order to study in the United States, international students must complete a few immigration requirements with HSU:

  1. Copy of Passport. Submit a copy of your passport.
  2. Provide a statement of financial backing. Before a Form I-20 can be issued, students must complete a signed Statement of Financial Backing form and include supporting evidence; i.e. bank statements, savings accounts, etc. You will also submit these documents to the U.S. Consulate when applying for your visa.
  3. Sign up for I-20 shipping. To sign up for HSU to ship your I-20 document you with need to visit our partner SASS-SmartShip website. Once you sign up, select Hardin-Simmons University from the drop down menu to create your I-20 shipment. HSU will receive a shipping label in order to quickly mail your I-20. Once your document has been shipped, you will receive a notification so you can monitor delivery.
  4. Pay SEVIS Fee. To pay your SEVIS fee proceed to the following official DHS website here. For instructions on paying your SEVIS fee, view this video tutorial.
  5. Schedule Visa interview. To schedule your visa interview you will need to visit the following U.S. State Department website. Prior to your visa interview, you will need to review  the F-1 Visa Interview Checklist and take those items with you on your interview date. Download a paper copy of this list here.
  6. Pay Enrollment Deposit. Pay your enrollment deposit and secure your spot at HSU. For instructions on how to pay your enrollment deposit, you can view these instructions here.

After you are admitted to the university and have completed your immigration requirements, there are a few additional items for you to complete in order to register for classes and then prepare for your arrival to HSU:

  1. Complete the Terms of Agreement. The terms of agreement will need to be completed prior to registration every semester. You can complete this in HSU Central by:
    • Logging into HSU Central using your username and password
    • Go to “Students” in the self-service menu (right side)
    • Select “Registration”
    • Select “Terms of Agreement”
    • Read the Terms of Agreement, Accept, and Submit
  2. Accept  Scholarship in HSU Central. You will need to accept your scholarships by going to HSU Central and in the Self-Service right side menu, clicking Students and then Financial Aid>Financial Aid Information.
  3. Register for Classes. Respond to advising e-mail in order to register for classes by going to HSU Central and in the Self-Service right side menu, clicking Students and then Academic Profile>My class schedule.

HSU will assist with your arrival to our campus by providing transportation service from the Abilene Regional Airport, and will also make sure your housing is ready when you arrive. In order to prepare for your arrival, the following items must be completed:

  1. Complete a Housing Request in HSU Central. Your housing request needs to be completed in HSU Central by following these housing request instructions. If you have any questions please contact your international admissions counselor or the Residence Life department by phone at+1 (325) 670-1252 or via email at
  2. Complete the Student Health Form in MedProctor. The student health form needs to be completed and filled out by your healthcare provider by following these student health form instructions. Please note, the Meningitis immunization (if under the age of 22), MMR immunization (two doses) , and a Tuberculosis screening are required immunizations when studying at HSU.
  3. Complete the Arrival Form and Review Pre-departure Checklist. In order to prepare for your arrival, please complete the arrival form and review the pre-departure checklist before you travel. HSU will assist with your arrival to our campus by providing transportation service from the Abilene Regional Airport, and will also make sure your housing is ready when you arrive.

International students are required to make their first payment toward their student account prior to their arrival to the HSU campus. Please make sure your first payment is made through HSU Central by the following payment due dates:

Payment Deadlines:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring January 5

To see a Step-By-Step Guide to make your first payment using CashNet Bill Pay in HSU Central. For instructions on how to wire funds, contact the HSU Business Office at or +1 (325) 670-1001.

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Arrival Planning

We are so excited you have decided to join our HSU family. This link will direct you to a checklist for your arrival.


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International Student Services

We love International students at HSU and have a dedicated office with a caring staff who will support you while you are studying in the United States. Think of HSU as your home away from home!